Gillardite on Gaspeite
132 North Mine, Widgiemooltha, Western Australia, Australia (TYPE LOCALITY)
Miniature, 5.2 x 4.4 x 2.7 cm
Gillardite is an extremely rare copper nickel chlorine halide, found ONLY at this locality to date. This is a very rare display-quality, attractive specimen that is just loaded with crystalline gillardite, perched on lighter-green gaspeite. This mineral seldom crystallizes and although small, these crystals are discrete and eye-visible. Besides, the piece is pretty, simply for color! I saw a single flat of these, recently found in 2008. Of them, this was the richest and prettiest that, at least, were available to me. (TYPE LOCALITY)